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Open Hand Kitchen Reopens After Shutdown
July 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
After a year and a half of handing out takeaway meals, the Open Hand Kitchen at St. Vincent de Paul Louisville will reopen the dining hall on Thursday, July 1, 2021. From 11 am to noon we will take time to thank those that worked so hard to ensure that St. Vincent de Paul Louisville could continue to serve two meals a day to those in need. At noon, board members will reopen the dining hall so that those needing a meal may dine in fellowship with others.
In March 2020, the pandemic forced the shutdown of any place where people could gather in large groups. That meant that the Open Hand Kitchen at St. Vincent de Paul Louisville needed to shift how it provided two meals a day to those most vulnerable in our community. Thanks to partners like Brown-Forman, Dare to Care, Lift a Life Novak Family Foundation, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, St. Albert the Great Church, Fazoli’s, Little Caesars, Blaze Pizza, and many others, we were able to safely provide meals each day during the shutdown.
With the Open Hand Kitchen open to the public once again, diners no longer need to take shelter from the elements and can find a brief respite while they eat lunch or dinner.
Reopening the dining hall also means we can welcome back our serving teams. Volunteers from St. Vincent de Paul Conferences, parishes, businesses, and schools serve meals twice a day in the Open Hand Kitchen. We have missed seeing our dedicated volunteers and we know they have missed the opportunity to serve.